Ruby DICOM is a small and simple library for handling DICOM in Ruby. DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) is a standard for handling, storing, printing, and transmitting information in medical imaging. It includes a file format definition and a network communications protocol. Ruby DICOM supports reading from, editing and writing to this file format. It also features basic support for select network communication modalities like querying, moving, sending and receiving files.
gem install dicom
require 'dicom' include DICOM
# Read file: obj = DObject.new("some_file.dcm") # Extract the Patient's Name value: obj.patients_name.value # Add or modify the Patient's Name element: obj.patients_name = "Anonymous" # Remove a data element from the DICOM object: obj.pixel_data = nil # Write to file: obj.write("new_file.dcm")
# Extract the Patient's Name value: obj.value("0010,0010") # Modify the Patient's Name element: obj["0010,0010"].value = "Anonymous" # Remove a data element from the DICOM object: obj.remove("7FE0,0010")
# Display a short summary of the file's properties: obj.summary # Print all data elements to screen: obj.print # Convert the data element hierarchy to a nested hash: obj.to_hash
# Retrieve the pixel data in a Ruby Array: obj.pixels # Load the pixel data to an numerical array (NArray): obj.narray # Load the pixel data to an RMagick image object and display it on the screen: obj.image.display
# Send a local file to a server (PACS) over the network: node = DClient.new("10.1.25.200", 104) node.send("some_file.dcm")
# Initiate a simple storage provider which can receive DICOM files of all modalities: s = DServer.new(104, :host_ae => "MY_DICOM_SERVER") s.start_scp("C:/temp/")
When working with Ruby DICOM in irb, you may be annoyed with all the information that is printed to screen, regardless if you have set verbose as false. This is because in irb every variable loaded in the program is automatically printed to the screen. A useful hack to avoid this effect is to append “;0” after a command. Example:
obj = DObject.new("some_file.dcm") ;0
Copyright 2008-2011 Christoffer Lervåg
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Name: Christoffer Lervåg
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